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  1. Northern and Midland U.S. clabber(def 1).
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Also bon·ny·clap·per [bon-ee-klap-er] /ˈbɒn iˌklæp ər/.

Origin of bonnyclabber

First recorded in 1625–35, bonnyclabber is from the Irish word bainne clabair literally, milk of the clapper (i.e., of the churn lid or dasher)

Regional variation note

See clabber.
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Examples from the Web for bonnyclabber

Historical Examples

  • It was there affirmed that I threw the Bonnyclabber's log-book into the sea.

    The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8

    Ambrose Bierce

  • The Bonnyclabber's reactionary course had now brought her to the spot at which I had taken passage.

  • Twice a week the children enjoyed a bowl of bonnyclabber or curds, with a little brown sugar sprinkled on the top.

    Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks

    William Elliot Griffis

Word Origin and History for bonnyclabber


1620s (in shortened form clabber), from Modern Irish bainne "milk" (from Middle Irish banne "drop," also, rarely, "milk"; cognate with Sanskrit bindu- "drop") + claba "thick;" cf. Irish and Gaelic clabar "mud," which sometimes has made its way into English (Yeats, etc.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper